NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN CALLS FOR “GETTING REAL” ABOUT SOMALIA

May 11, 2006

HARRISONBURG—This week’s column for the World Defense Review by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, discusses the continuing state failure of Somalia and argues that it is “time for the United States to break ranks and let realism triumph over wishful thinking, not only recognizing, but actively supporting Somaliland,” a formerly independent part of the country that reclaimed its sovereignty in the 1990s. (Since the article was written, there have been reports from the BBC that the situation has worsened in the Somali “capital” of Mogadishu with Islamists militants gaining ground in fierce fighting.)

Dr. Pham’s column, entitled “Strategic Interests,” appears every Thursday in the World Defense Review, a twice-weekly publication covering military and defense news and information.

This week’s column, “Facing Reality in Somalia,” can be accessed by clicking here.